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BC's Housing Market is Picking up Steam!

Blog by Diane Cardoso | September 9th, 2013

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2013 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update recently with very positive news on the horizon.

BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to increase 3.9 per cent to 70,300 units this year, before increasing a further 6.1 per cent to 74,600 units in 2014. “After a marked pull back of consumer demand in 2012, the housing market is now transitioning to more elevated home buying activity,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.

“The average MLS® residential price in the province has been revised from remaining unchanged to increasing 3.3 per cent to $531,700 this year. A stronger than expected decline in the inventory of homes for sale has created balanced market conditions in the Lower Mainland, causing home prices to align more closely with overall consumer price inflation,” added Muir. The average MLS® residential price in BC is forecast to increase 2.2 per cent to 543,400 in 2014. - To read the full article go to:  http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/news-and-publications/news-room/news-releases/housing-forecast-news-release